The behaviour of many of our competitors in the Sunday competition last week leaves a lot to be desired when they turned an ordered draw into a scramble. This was an official club qualifying competition, stroke play, off the white tees, to be played in three balls with a timed draw. The shop staff had kindly offered to act as starter. So for members to turn up and demand to be off early “I need to get off early” or simply go out and join another 2 ball because someone has not turned up is unacceptable. The poor starter was faced with all of these problems and more! This was bad behaviour which should have resulted in disqualification for all concerned. (It’s a penalty to start too early unless the players are instructed to do so. Rules of Golf Decision 6-3a/5). If it takes a Committee member to act as starter to curb this bad behaviour then that is what will happen for the last two rounds of the eclectic. Poor show guys!
It’s sad to think that there are thieves about and even worse that they are operating on the Parklands site, but unfortunately they are — and they have struck again. This time, it has been in the Men’s locker room where thieves have broken into 2 lockers and stolen a driver and other clubs. Their modus operandi was to punch out the locks. So if you own a locker, remember that all the contents are stored there at your own risk and you should take all the necessary care to protect your clubs and equipment. As a minimum, a clasp and lock should be fitted which may deter all but the most determined thief.
On Monday 15th August 4 of our members Graeme Brown, Paul Taylor, John & Kevin Smiles took part in the 72 Hole Golf Challenge at Parklands. We are very happy to inform you that not only did everyone complete the challenge they also raised a whopping £1880. Well done all and a massive thank you.
Once last Sunday’s early rain had cleared, the fairways of Parklands were awash with pink polo shirted players competing in the inaugural challenge match between the Parklands Inter and Rabbits teams.
Each team consisted of 14 players with the winners calculated on the total stableford points scored by the best 12 players in each team. It was a very tense afternoon as the scores were coming in but the winners, by a very small margin of 4 stableford points, were the Inter team. (Full results published on the Rabbits web page).
The day was a great success, and plans are already being made for the next challenge match, but for the next few months, the bragging rights are deservedly held by the Inter team.
The respective captains, Iwan Owen (Inter) and Tommy Watson (Rabbits) were very pleased with the commitment, dedication, effort and competitive spirit displayed by both sets of players in the challenge match, as well as in the league fixtures played throughout the season.
Parklands will again be running an Inter (handicap 8-15) and Rabbits (handicap 16+) teams in the 2017 season, get in touch with lwan or Tommy if you fancy getting involved next year.
The annual match for the Parklands Past Captains was held on Sunday 21st August 2016. This traditional event consists of a team match-play competition where it is intended that the men’s and ladies past captains in a particular year play against each other. The golf is followed by a 3 course dinner in the Clubhouse. The ladies won the golf match again!! The golf was graced with good weather and dinner by lovely food and superb company. Thanks go to all involved.
The final event of the 2016 Inter league was at Stocksfield Golf Club where the team finished 5th with Dicky Rutherford top scoring for Parklands with a very creditable 35 points.
The team finished the season in 4th place, with Ian Mcphillips crowned as the top scoring player and thus qualifying for the Inter Individual Championship event at Rockcliffe Hall in October.
A total of 17 players represented Parklands in the Inter League this season and I would like to thank them all for their efforts throughout the season, and wish Ian good luck at Finals day.
Iwan Owen (Inter Captain)
Alan Wardle – winner of the NUGC Forster Cup 2016 played at Rothbury on Saturday 6th August 2016. Alan proudly holds the cup alongside the County officials. Well done Alan.
The men’s County event for the higher handicaps was played at Rothbury Golf Club on Saturday 6th August 2016 in some fine weather. Parklands had 26 players in the field who experienced a course in fine condition. We had 6 players in the top 15, unfortunately Shaun Nicholl was beat by a point by Alan Wardle for Top Spot.
Well done to all that entered and Congratulations goes to Alan Wardle overall winner
Played on Saturday, 6 August 2016 at NUGC – Rothbury.
Competition Scratch Score:
71 (36pts) (Men – White Tees)
Show: Gross Scores Result
|1||Wardle, Alan Parklands||39 pts (13)||Overall Winner||Visitor|
|2||Nicholl, S Parklands||38 pts (13)||Overall Runner-Up||Visitor|
|3||Slipper, D Gosforth||38 pts (20)||Overall 3rd||Visitor|
|4||Stappard, Ron Ponteland||37 pts (12)||Visitor|
|5||Grist, Dan Rothbury||36 pts (16)||Visitor|
|6||Blake, Shaun Rothbury||36 pts (20)||Visitor|
|7||Wilkinson, Andrew Wallsend||35 pts (11)||Visitor|
|8||Murray, James Newcastle United||35 pts (13)||Visitor|
|9||Noutch, George M Newcastle United||34 pts (13)||Visitor|
|10||Owen, I Parklands||33 pts (12)||Visitor|
|11||Easton, D Parklands||32 pts (16)||Visitor|
|12||Madocks, A Parklands||32 pts (12)||Visitor|
|13||Pedersen, Arnie J N Newcastle United||32 pts (20)||Visitor|
|14||Bennett, A Parklands||32 pts (19)||Visitor|
|15||Gibson, Craig Wallsend||32 pts (17)||Visitor|